Glasgow Letter – week 48

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It’s beginning to look a lot like Christmas…

You know the festive period has begun in earnest when the Glasgow Skye Association Annual Gathering weekend comes round.

This year’s concert will be held tomorrow (Friday December 1) in the Glasgow University Union (GUU) with guest of honour Alastair P Campbell, The Right Honourable Lord Bracadale, singers Catriona Watt, Sineag MacIntyre, Darren Maclean, and Calum Angus Macdonald – with Eilidh MacFadyen on accordion. The piano accompanist for the evening will be Alan Kitchen, and the Glasgow Skye Association Pipe Band complete a great line-up. The Dùn Mòr Cèilidh Band will play at the dance following the concert.

Tickets are available from Mrs Karen Campbell on 01786 832278, Iain Scott on 0141 237 3094 or 07761 799 238, or John D Robertson 07768 058139 and members of the committee.

Trad Awards Come to Paisley

Who can forget, among all this Christmas cheer, the annual MG Alba Scots Trad Music Awards which, this year, will take place in the Lagoon Centre in Paisley as Paisley bids for the 2021 UK City of Culture. The votes have all been cast so everyone now awaits the results and, more importantly, a good night of craic, celebration, and (dare I say it) perhaps a wee libation here and there.

Beware, the Vatersay Boys!

And one can hardly look ahead to Christmas time in Glasgow without a mention of the legendary Vatersay Boys gig in the Barrowland Ballroom which will take place this year on Friday December 8. For Highlanders in Glasgow, the Vatersay Boys gig is as much a Christmas staple as mince pies, mulled wine, and the John Lewis Christmas advert! It is, as always, sold out; and it is bound to be an absolute Christmas cracker.

Glasgow Skye Post Mòd Cèilidh

Earlier this month, the Glasgow Skye Post Mòd Cèilidh was held in the Crawford Hall, Beith Street. It is always a great opportunity for youngsters to perform their Mòd pieces free from competition nerves and scary adjudicators! There was an excellent turnout of parents and friends – and no less than an incredible 27 acts took to the stage ranging through solos, duets, recitations, story-telling, dancing, piping, fiddling, and accordion playing – all giving great performances. The evening was compered in her usual friendly style by Eilidh Cormack and was generally agreed to have been a most successful function.

What’s On

Thursday November 30: Glasgow Skye Association annual dinner at 7pm in the Glasgow University Union.

Friday December 1: Glasgow Skye Association Annual Gathering Concert in the Glasgow University Union at 7.30pm and dance at 10.30pm

Friday December 8: Clydebank and District Highland Association Ceilidh in the Napier Hall at 7.30pm.

Friday December 8: The Vatersay Boys Live in the Glasgow Barrowland.

Saturday December 9: Glasgow Skye Association children’s party at 2.30pm in the Rensfield Centre, Blythswood Hall.

Pub Scene

Islay Inn.
Friday December 1: The Keelies
Saturday December 2: Deep River
Sunday December 3: Calum Macphail

Park Bar
Saturday December 2: Trail West
Sunday December 3: Trail West